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Re: Creating demand for IPv6, and saving the planet

  • From: Stephen Sprunk
  • Date: Wed Oct 03 20:22:23 2007

Thus spake "Daniel Senie" <[email protected]>
A number of people have bemoaned the lack of any IPv6-only killer-content that would drive a demand for IPv6. I've thought about this, and about the government's push to make IPv6 a reality. What occurred to me is there is a satellite sitting in storage that would provide such content:

Al Gore pushed for this satellite, Triana, to provide those on earth with a view of the planet among its scientific goals. The
Republicans referred to it as an "overpriced screen saver," though
the effect even of just the camera component on people's lives
and how they treat the planet could be considerable.

By combining the launch of Triana with feeding the still images and video from servers only connected to native IPv6 bandwidth, the government would provide both a strong incentive for end users to want to move to IPv6, and a way to get the people of this planet to stop from time to time and ponder the future of the earth.

Here's a simple question that applies to every "killer app" that's been proposed for IPv6: if you're going to the trouble of making a killer app and giving/selling it to the public, why wouldn't you include support for IPv4?

Virtually every "unique" feature of IPv6, except the number of bits in the address, has been back-ported to IPv4. There is simply no other advantage left, and thus no room for apps that "require" IPv6.


Stephen Sprunk "God does not play dice." --Albert Einstein
CCIE #3723 "God is an inveterate gambler, and He throws the
K5SSS dice at every possible opportunity." --Stephen Hawking